when do you trim pine tree's to stop growth

Asked June 28, 2014, 8:53 AM EDT

when do you trim pine tree's to stop growth

Harrison County West Virginia

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"Pine Trees" in the genus Pinus such as White Pine and Mugo Pine should pruned during the growing season on the new leader or "candle" before the lateral buds are set. In this part of West Virginia this should normally be done in June. This can be done by simply pinching back the candle by half in order to slow growth and increase the density of the tree crown. New lateral buds will then develop at the point at which the candles were headed back.

Conifers such as Spruce, Fir, and Douglas Fir should be pruned in the early spring before growth begins. When pruning back each leader make sure that there are a few lateral buds near the end of the cut. One of the buds will become the new leader for the season.